IVECO BUSES IN BRAKE CALIPER SAFETY RECALL

By: Fabian Cotter


BREAKING: Media reports regarding the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) recently issued product safety recall for some local Iveco Metro and Delta buses - which may have their brake calipers incorrectly fitted - are incorrect, according to Iveco.

IVECO BUSES IN BRAKE CALIPER SAFETY RECALL
The pad wear warning indicator - on some Iveco Delta (pictured) 280E5 SROH, Metro 280E5 LROH, and Metro 280E5 SROH buses - may not trigger because movement of the caliper slide may be restricted.

The recall lists models affected as Delta 280E5 SROH, Metro 280E5 LROH, and Metro 280E5 SROH buses. The products were sold nationally between June 30, 2013 - August 15, 2017. The responsible regulator is the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

According to the ACCC, some Metro and Delta Bus ITAL vehicles may have the rear brake calipers incorrectly fitted to the wrong side of the axle – that is, the left caliper on the right-hand side and the right caliper on the left-hand side.

The hazard is that, "the caliper slide may impact the suspension arm before the brake pads are completely worn out and before the pad sensor triggers a dash warning light, which may increase the risk of an accident and/or occupant injury," the Federal Government organisation states.

Bus operators and owners of the abovementioned models should take their vehicle to their nearest authorised Iveco dealership where the rear brake calipers will be inspected and rectified. 

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT

When ABC magazine called Iveco Australia for offical comment on the recall, the company issued the following:

"IVECO Trucks Australia has become aware of a recent media post with a headline incorrectly stating that some IVECO buses will be grounded as a result of a recall.

This is incorrect – the article also goes on to incorrectly state that "IVECO will check and replace any brake calipers found suspect". The correction involves a simple repair rework that can be completed same day at an IVECO Dealership.

IVECO implemented a recall action voluntarily following its discovery that some vehicles had left the plant with brake calipers swapped left to right.

The brake operation is unaffected, rather the pad wear warning indicator may not trigger because movement of the caliper slide may be restricted.

IVECO has already been in direct contact with many customers in the industry to ensure their vehicles are rectified, and will continue to work with its customers to seek a fast resolution to the issue.

As one of the last surviving vehicle plants in the country, IVECO remains committed to Australian manufacturing and the local production of high quality transport products to meet local needs.

For further information, please contact Iveco Trucks Australia on 1800 4 IVECO (48326).

A full list of VINs of the buses in question are available for viewing at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/iveco-trucks-australia-metro-and-delta-buses

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